Corsair Launches Air Series of High Airflow and High Static Pressure Fans

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2012 - 01:09 PM |
Tagged: static pressure, high airflow, fans, corsair, air series

Corsair announced earlier this week that the company is expanding their cooling options to include PC case fans with their new Air Series. They have been bundling fans with their self-contained water cooling units since their release, but they have been rebranded fans from other manufacturers. With the Air Series, Corsair has designed the fans in-house and then had partners capable of building the units actually manufacture them. The fans in the Air Series have been designed to balance airflow and quiet operation for enthusiasts that want cooling performance with consideration towards noise.

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Corsair AF140 Quiet Edition

Currently Corsair is offering 120mm and 140mm fans which focus on either high static pressure or high airflow. They feature a hydraulic bearing system, rubber case mounting points, and a variety of colors to choose from including red, blue, and white colored rings around the fan blades.

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Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition

The fans with AF in the model name are part of the high airflow subset and are geared towards moving as much air as possible through your case. There are two 120mm and one 140mm fan for sale at the time of writing. Corsair has designed the fans with thin custom molded blades for a fan that moves lots of air and can be installed in spaces as small as 3cm in depth.

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Corsair SP120 High Performance Edition

Alternatively, Corsair is offering fans that deliver a high static pressure, which makes them ideal for pairing with watercooling radiators and air cooling heatsinks. These fans have “SP” in the model name, and are currently limited to two 120mm fans. The high static pressure is achieved by using seven wide blades and a custom molded enclosure.

The following chart from Corsair details the currently available Corsair fans.

Edition Description Size (mm) Noise (dBA) Airflow (CFM) RPM Static Pressure (mmH20)
AF120 Quiet Low noise, good airflow 120x25 21 39.88 1100 not measured  
AF120 Performance High airflow 120x25 30 63.47 1650 not measured  
AF140 Quiet Low noise, high airflow 140x25 24 67.8 1150 not measured
SP120 Quiet Low noise, High pressure 120x25 23 37.85 1450 1.29
SP120 High Performance High pressure 120x25 35 62.74 2350 3.1


Ruben Mookerjee, VP and General Manager of the Components Business Unit at Corsair stated that "Many PC fans on the market are general purpose designs that not always suited to the task which they're assigned. We took our expertise in PC case and cooling and designed fans that have very specific uses. Each fan is the right tool for the right job."

The new Corsair Air Series fans are on sale now and carry an MSRP of $16.99 USD for the AF120/SP120 (120mm high airflow and static pressure) fans and $18.99 USD for the 140mm AF 140 fans. More information on the Corsair fans can be found here.

Source: Corsair

May 6, 2012 | 06:23 PM - Posted by MrKing (not verified)

These look pretty good. If I had not just put down cash for 12 radiator fans a few days ago I'd have defiantly given these a look. 12 SP120HPs seem ideal for radiator mounting if those numbers hold true.

May 6, 2012 | 09:54 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Agreed, I may pick up some of them aswell and see if I can get some better temps out of my water loop :)

May 7, 2012 | 02:51 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'd pick up some of these fans but I just spent all my money Marc Jacobs bags

May 7, 2012 | 11:52 AM - Posted by Ryan Shrout


Sorry, the humor in your comment is lost now that I have removed that SPAM post. :)

May 7, 2012 | 12:33 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

lol! :)

May 7, 2012 | 08:02 AM - Posted by cyow

mmm I'm going to have to see how good they are I might put one in the front of my 600t case if i can get it in there.

May 7, 2012 | 01:18 PM - Posted by mark (not verified)

Chances are these are normal fans in all aspects but they do motivate somebody in terms of what brand to purchase.

May 7, 2012 | 03:23 PM - Posted by Annoyingmouse (not verified)

Looks like you'd have serious gap issues if you wanted to use them for watercooling. They'd be useless for pulling air through a radiator, but even while pushing, the gaps would reduce airflow through the rad.

May 18, 2012 | 03:00 PM - Posted by Anonymous Coward (not verified)

The gaps only matter as far as they impact static pressure. Since these fans are focused on a relatively high static pressure, and come with a specified static pressure at a certain RPM, the gaps are irrelevant. Make your decision on cold hard data. Is the static pressure sufficient for you at your preferred RPM/noise level?

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